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10 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

With all the things I see go wrong in houses, and even the improvements I recommend, a simple set of everyday tools are usually all that’s necessary. I’ve also learned that a lot of homeowners don’t own the basic tools to fix those things.


Whether you own a home, condo, rent an apartment, or even live full time in a van, this list of affordable and easily sourced tools will come in extremely handy. I have even saved you some time and linked an option for all of the tools listed. I know tools can get pricey. You don’t have to buy the most expensive of anything. Just make sure you get what works for you and your family.

  • Hammer. With a claw hammer, not only can you hammer down nails, but can also use the claw end to put out nails or even rip out some walls.

  • Screwdriver. A basic set of screwdrivers that include Philips-head and flat-head bit are all you need. You can get an interchangeable one with different tips or just a regular set with multiple separate screwdrivers.

  • Tape Measure. A 25 footer is all you need for this one.

  • Pliers. Needle-nose, channel-lock, lineman’s, and vise-grips are the four most commonly used. There’s no need to get all fancy here. Just grab a pair of needle-nose pliers with a wire cutting blade near the hinge to get the most out of your investment.

  • Utility Knife. This is the one with the retractable blade that goes into the handle. A knife like this comes in super handy with everything from opening packages to trimming plastic and wood materials.

  • Electric Stud Finder. Takes out all of the guesswork when finding the spot to hang heavy items.

  • Level. Helps make sure everything you hang or build is straight.

  • Screws and Nails. Having a variety of screws, nails, and anchors will always be a good idea!

  • Step Ladder. How else do you expect to reach those high light bulbs or hang that shelf or picture?

  • Cordless Drill and Drill bits. Save yourself time and energy using a power drill instead of a manual screwdriver. Don’t forget to have a variety of drill bits for different projects as well.

Hey, I've been around for a while and have seen a lot of things. This is the same list of tools I've made sure all my kids had when they left home. Trust me when I say, these basic tools with save you time and money for years to come.


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